The beef project teaches the fundamentals of the beef cattle industry. But it is not all work and no play! The memories gained through this project are going to last a lifetime. You will explore all areas of the industry such as animal husbandry, livestock selection, health, and care. You can also compete with beef cattle at local, county, state, and national cattle shows. There are so many people more than willing to help you out, both local families and your county extension office. In this project you will learn:
Proper care for your animal
And you can also learn through various other opportunities:
This project is open for all 4-H members of any age category.
There are several opportunities in the summer and spring to throughout Virginia. It is a long-standing tradition and a great learning experience. You are able to compete against people from across the state. There are national breed shows for cattle, as well as market shows for steers in nearly every county.
Livestock Judging Livestock Judging is a great way to learn decision making and public speaking and is at most major stock shows. Judging guidelines are found on the Texas A&M Animal Science department for evaluating market steers and for more general information. Livestock judging starts on the district level and progresses to the state level at 4-H Roundup.
Quiz bowl Quiz bowl is an opportunity to demonstrate all of the information that you have gained through the past year through this project. This is a contest that will help your student learn more about his or her project while getting the opportunity to compete on a state level. It is a team event where you compete against another team and whoever buzzes in first, gets to answer the question. Held at 4-H Roundup each year, competitors must qualify through their district in order to compete at this event.
Public Speaking Public speaking is something that is very important no matter what industry or career that you choose to go into. Through public speaking, you are able to present a topic in the beef project through a speech or demonstration. This is a contest that will help your student learn more about his or her project while getting the opportunity to compete on a state level. Held at 4-H Roundup each year, competitors must qualify through their district in order to compete at this event.
Skillathon This is a great way to showcase all of the knowledge that you gain throughout the project. This contest covers an array of topics and encourages you to really stretch your hard-earned information. It is a competitive way to evaluate what you have learned along the way, and a fun way to gain more knowledge regarding your project. There are different stations with feed that you have to identify or anatomy diagrams to label. You have a set amount of time per station along with a written test that is made to challenge your knowledge of your species.
Stockmen's Contests A stockmen's contest is a comprehensive test of livestock knowledge including identification classes o f meats, feeds, equipment and breeds; evaluation classes of meats, hay, sheep, swine, and beef; a knowledge-based quiz; and an applied team problem.
Youth Cattle Working Contests The youth cattle working contest develops youth skills in animal management and handling. Working as a team, youth efficiently process three stocker calves, utilizing Beef Quality Assurance guidelines. Regional competitions are held in the spring throughout the state. The top teams from each region then compete at the State Youth Cattle Working Contest held in conjunction with the Junior Beef Roundup.